Stir is known for their artesianal ice and they demonstrate the process right at your table. The ice melts at a slower pace so your drinks stay colder and stronger for longer. The spherical ice ball maker is so fun to watch in action and if you have kids in your group, they will love it. All of the bartenders are so knowledgable about what they’re serving and really put in the time to make sure each drink is quality. Stir could easily survive as a craft-cocktail establishment. I started off with the Whiskey Bramble (bourbon, cherry amarascata, lemon juice, orange blossom water and sugar can syrup). I could have enjoyed them all night because those flavors together were impressive. My husband stuck with the George Dickel Barrel select and water. The drink menu at Stir is astounding. With over 300+ liquors, wine, and beer to choose from, there is something for everyone.
After washing sand off of everything we own and napping for a few hours, we were craving some margaritas and headed to Taqueria Tsunami. This is basically taco heaven and they have something for everyone. Portion sizes won’t put you into a food coma and they have a kids menu too. We finished our meal and headed to Sanford Stadium to see the grounds and let the kids get out energy, again. Traveling with kids usually goes something like this: food, run, sleep. Repeat 1000 times.
On your way out of town, be sure to stop at Ike & Jane for some of the best donuts you’ll ever taste. If you follow me on Instagram (@chanelvanreenen), you know that donuts are a weekly must for our family. I love tasting new flavors and seeing the designs people come up with.
Hotel Indigo is perfect for any vacation: a romantic getaway, family weekend, or a place to stay while going to a Bulldogs game. The staff was so friendly, the rooms were spotless, the parking is convenient and you cannot beat the location. We could not have asked for a better first family hotel experience.
Electronics – I never, ever check valuables. I always bring my computer, camera, cell phone and chargers on the plane with me. I like to do work, watch movies and listen to music. If you’re on an extended plane ride, there will usually be a USB port by your seat so you can charge your phone. Definitely a must if you are on a red eye flight back from Portland stuck in the middle seat and playing candy crush for 5 hours.
Wireless Earphones – I was blown away when I found these amazing earphones online. They are completely cordless which makes moving around with your phone a breeze, especially on a plane when space is limited. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten those long, thin earbud cords tangled around my seatbelt. These are also super stylish and come in assorted colors.
Thieves Spray – Made from Thieves essential oil and distilled water. I use this for everything when traveling (and when I’m not). It’s a natural sanitizer that I spray on airplane armrests, hotel linens, the remote control, public bathrooms etc. Aside from my electronics, it is the most beneficial item I bring with me. It also doubles as a general air freshener.
Face Wipes & Oil Absorbing Papers – I already have oily skin so I don’t wear makeup when flying. The thought of caking a bunch of makeup on for a day of travel makes my face feel heavy. Having face wipes with me can give my skin a little refresher before arriving at the hotel.
Dry Shampoo – This is a no brainer. For the same reasons as above, dry shampoo revives your hair after being in stale airplane air.
Miscellaneous – I found these Sitting Pretty Toilet Seat Covers recently and purchased a bunch. They are such a lifesaver for public restrooms! I also pack tissues, breath mints, lip balm and small sterile alcohol prep pads. I keep all of these small items in this rose gold pencil case.
*48 North provided me with this bag to assist in my travels. as always, all opinions expressed are my own*
Dinner was at the incredible Abe & Louie’s steakhouse in Back Bay. This restaurant had an old school charm and the service and attention to detail was impeccable. I wouldn’t have expected anything less, because their reviews online are stellar. Since there were eight of us in our group we were able to try a variety of different items. The dishes that stood out were the Lobster Mac & Cheese, Shrimp & Scallop Louie (pan-seared scallops and shrimp on risotto), 24 oz Bone-In Aged Prime Ribeye and the Potatoes au Gratin. Plus, their dinner rolls were fantastic. Usually I don’t comment on the bread but these were so fluffy and buttery, and with just a hint of sea salt on them, they seemed to melt in your mouth.
We had a jam packed day planned for Saturday. We started off by walking through the Boston Commons followed by visiting the wonderful Top of the Hub’s Skywalk Observatory, which has an incredible 360-degree panoramic view of Boston and surrounding areas. We were lucky enough to have a tour provided to us and we learned so much about the history of Boston. I definitely recommend checking out the Skywalk Observatory, especially if you have kids in tow because they will love being up so high and seeing all of the city. I know Henry would have gotten such a thrill watching the planes taking off and landing at such a high altitude.
After taking in the city view at the Skywalk, we took a pedicab to the famous Fenway Park to catch a Red Sox game. Little did we know, they were letting fans out onto the field to meet players, take pictures and walk around. It was a truly one of a kind experience that will never forget. As excited I was to be at Fenway Park, I was equally as excited to eat some ballpark food! Part of the whole experience is enjoying some beers, brats and cotton candy. I definitely did not hold back (sorry jeans).
Sunday morning we walked along Newbury Street and ate at the famous Stephanie’s on Newbury. The location is ideal for people watching or having a drink on the patio after an afternoon of shopping. They have a fun Bloody Mary menu where you can customize your drink and add different veggies and vodka. The possibilities are endless and the perfect start to your weekend brunch.
I ordered the Green Chile & Pork Enchilada which was topped with house made enchilada sauce, 2 fried eggs and served with guacamole and salsa verde. I think I scarfed it down in under 5 minutes, it was that good. My husband chose the classic eggs Benedict which was tasty but I think he should have ordered outside the box 🙂 We split the house made Pecan Sticky Bun and let me tell you, if I were a local I would order these in bulk and eat them every morning.